Plans were announced today to wrap up a series that has been a fixture on network TV for more than a decade and was once a massive ratings hit for CBS. E! News reports that the network will bring "Two and a Half Men" to an end after its 12th season.
The program is reportedly the longest-running sitcom on television. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler announced plans for the show's end game during the network's upfront presentation this morning in New York.
"The Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer comedy's final outing will be a 'season-long finale event,' Tassler said, adding that creator Chuck Lorre is 'psyched' to plot the show's goodbye," the story reports.
Said Tassler: "He's very psyched about this. He's got some great ideas in store and some very big surprises."
The report notes that the show averaged 9 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49 during its 11th season.
"The long-running comedy's TV tenure has been a slighty bumpy one, thanks to the drama former star Charlie Sheen caused before he was famously fired after a public feud with Lorre and replaced by Kutcher, as well as Angus T. Jones' controversial comments, including calling the show 'filth,'" the report notes.
The article poses the question: "But will Sheen, who now stars on FX's 'Anger Management,' return for the final season?"
Tassler deflected that same question: "I would like to see whatever Chuck would like to. Chuck knows his show better than me … he has a lot of surprises in store, I don't know if that's one of them."
Sheen's character was famously killed off in the series after the actor left the show.